They happen, and the S.F. organization hasn’t spent its money wisely enough to have quality backups; especially in a week where they just cut Jarryd Hayne.
The threat of Austin lining up anywhere, along with Gurley’s home run ability as a runner, is precisely what the Rams had in mind when they spent top-10 picks on Austin and Gurley in 2013 and 2015, respectively. The report of the altercation – which came on the heels of a team meeting HC Jim Tomsula described as “heated” – started with Davis allegedly calling Kaepernick out for his shoddy play.
Davis had a career-high 10 carries but managed only 4 yards before breaking his left hand.
After the strategy worked last week in the second half against the Browns, the Rams began the game employing their no-huddle offense.
“It’s tough anytime you get injured”.
After their win over the 49ers, Austin leads the team in receiving yards (285) and is second on the team in rushing (141). What we like about is how communicative they are. And that’s what we have to be better at. “They were filling gaps and flying through”. Gurley exploded in the 2nd quarter with excellent blocking from his offensive line for a 71 yard rushing touchdown to start the Rams celebration of offensive big plays. “I’m not going to sit here and act like it’s not”, Bowman said. He has accounted for 21 first downs, only one behind Gurley. “I heard it click when I was running out of bounds”, McCray said. We’ll find out tomorrow.
Ahmad Brooks said he unintentionally committed a face-mask penalty against Benny Cunningham that nullified Brooks’ 41-yard fumble return for a third-quarter touchdown.
“I was looking forward to going against him”. “Once we get the pictures, I’ll have a definite answer for you guys”.
Quinton Dial blocked a 40-yard field-goal attempt to keep the 49ers deficit at 20-6. Pro Football Talk producer Rob Guerrera described Tomsula as a “potato with a moustache” while Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar joked the 49ers should sack him and install him as interim coach because he won his only game as a fill-in when Mike Singletary was fired late in the 2010 season.
Safety L.J. McCray (knee), tight end Garrett Celek (head), cornerback Keith Reasor (ankle) and punter Bradley Pinion (calf) also left and did not return. St. Louis would jump out to a 10-3 lead following a two-point conversion. The 49ers converted 3-of-17 third-down plays and many were on passes.
The 49ers (2-6) already were in deep injury trouble before the game began, playing without running back Carlos Hyde, receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Antoine Bethea. St. Louis would put together the longest scoring drive of the game, with a 7 play 80 yard drive that was capped off with a sweep play from Austin; touchdown.